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DEA chief expected to resign

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart takes part in a news conference at DEA headquarters in Arlington, Va., Thursday, July 26, 2012, to announce a nationwide synthetic drug takedown. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON – A senior administration official tells CBS News that embattled Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart is expected to resign soon.

Last week, House lawmakers said they have lost confidence in her ability to lead the law enforcement agency amid allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes overseas.

Lawmakers held a hearing last Tuesday that focused on the allegations, which date back to 2001. Leonhart has led the DEA since 2007 and was sole deputy administrator for three years before that.

An internal report said government money was used to pay prostitutes at a farewell party for a high-ranking DEA official in Colombia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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